By Sreejesh Krishnan
The Department of Post and the Philatelic Congress of India, is organizing Philatelic Exhibition (PEX) to promote and disseminate information about the fascinating hobby of Philately. It will give an opportunity to the Philatelic Community to display their collections to a discerning audience. First International Philatelic Exhibition was organized in India in a small way as a part of the Centenary Celebrations of the Indian Postage Stamps in 1954. Several competitive exhibitions have been held in India since INDIPEX at various places, such as Bombay, Madras, Calcutta, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Trichi, Jullundur, Kanpur etc…
Since then India Post had held more International Philatelic Exhibitions like INDIPEX 73 held in New Delhi from 14 to 23 November 1973, The first Asian International Philatelic Exhibition ASIANA 77 held at Bangalore from 19 to 23 October 1977, INDIA 80 International Stamp Exhibition at New Delhi from 25 January to 3 February 1980, INDIA 89 World Philatelic Exhibition held at Pragati Maidan Complex at New Delhi from 20 to 29 January, 1989, INDIPEX 97 organized at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi from 15 to 22 December 1997, and was significant in that it commemorated fifty years of the country’s Independence. INDIPEX-ASIANA 2000 the second Asian International Philatelic Exhibition hosted by India held at Calcutta (now Kolkata) from 7 to 12 December 2000 and celebrated 50 years of the Republic of India, and the New Millennium.
INDIPEX 2011 World Philatelic Exhibition to be held from 12th to 18th February, 2011, at New Delhi, India. It is being organized by India Posts, Government of India, in association with the Philatelic Congress of India. The Federation International Philatelic (FIP) is extending its patronage, and the Federation of Inter-Asian Philately (FIAP) its auspices, for conduct of the Exhibition. INDIPEX 2011 is being organized in Hall Numbers 8, 9, 10 & 11 of the prestigious and sprawling Pragati Maidan Exhibition Complex Located in the heart of India’s capital, New Delhi.
There will also be a celebration of the centenary of the first official airmail flight which took place in India between Allahabad and Naini on 18th February 1911. And, by showcasing the best philatelic collections, INDIPEX 2011 looks to attract many newcomers to explore the fascinating world of philately. Here is the covers and other philatelic material released during INDIPEX 1973.